The Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan


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Your Childcare Offer


The Childcare Offer funds nursery education and childcare for 3 to 4-year olds, before they start full-time education. It is made up of:

Nursery Education 

12.5 hours per week in a school nursery.*


You need to apply through the School Admissions Team for your school nursery place. 


For more information and your application, please click here to be redirected to: Nursery Admissions


*Also available at St Donat’s Nursery School and Swallow Playgroup.  Contact the settings directly to apply. 



Childcare Funding

17.5 hours per week of funding at a registered childcare provider in term time.


Up to 30 hours per week of funding at a childcare provider in the school holidays, for three weeks per term (9 holiday weeks in total per year)


A total of 48 weeks of childcare funding per year. 





Eligible parents can still use the childcare funding if they choose not to take up the 12.5 hours of nursery education.  However, childcare hours funded through the Childcare Offer do not increase if a parent does not use their nursery education entitlement. 


Childcare Funding: When is my child eligible?

When is my child eligible for childcare funding
Date of birth betweenApplications open (there is no deadline)Eligible for childcare funding from Eligible for childcare funding until 
01/09/2017 - 31/12/2017  30/10/2020  04/01/2021  31/08/2022
01/01/2018 - 31/03/2018  05/02/2021  12/04/2021   31/08/2022
01/04/2018 - 31/08/2018  04/06/2021  30/08/2021   31/08/2022
01/09/2018 - 31/12/2018  29/10/2021  03/01/2022   31/08/2023
01/01/2019 - 31/03/2019  18/02/2022  25/04/2022   31/08/2023
01/04/2019 - 31/08/2019  10/06/2022  05/09/2022   31/08/2023
01/09/2019 - 31/12/2019  October 2022  January 2023   31/08/2024
01/01/2020 - 31/03/2020  February 2023  April 2023   31/08/2024


For applications opening 18/02/2022, complete applications submitted with all correct evidence by 18/03/2022 will be responded to by 04/04 2022, and funding can start 25/04/2022 (the beginning of Summer Term).

Incomplete applications received between 18/02/2022 – 18/03/2022 will take longer to process.


You can still apply after 18/03/2022, but funding may not be guaranteed to start on 25/04/ 2022 and cannot be backdated.


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The Childcare Offer and Starting Nursery Education

This video explains the difference between Childcare Offer funding and starting nursery education in the Vale of Glamorgan:




Childcare Funding: Who can apply?

You can apply for the 17.5 hours per week of childcare funding if:


  • You live in the Vale of Glamorgan 
  • Your child is 3 to 4 years old.  The childcare funding ends once your child starts full-time school.  This is usually the September after their 4th birthday.
  • Both parents work in a two-parent family (some benefits are also eligible.  Please see ‘Your Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan’ video for details) 
  • The sole parent works in a lone-parent family 
  • You earn at least:
  • £152 per week if you are 23 years old or older
  • £146.88 per week if you are 21-22 years old 
  • £109.28 per week if you are 18-20 years old

(these rates are based on 16 hrs per week at the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage for April 2022-March 2023 and will change annually)


  • You earn less than £100, 000 per year (gross) per parent.

For more information, please use our guides below.

All your questions answered in this Childcare Offer Application Guide



We have a set of three clips to help you understand and apply for the Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan:


What is the Childcare Offer?


Your Childcare Offer Application


Childcare Offer Frequently Asked Questions



Children with Additional Needs

If your child has additional needs and you are eligible for the Childcare Offer we may be able to fund training for childcare providers, additional childcare staffing, specialist equipment, or physical adjustments to childcare provision.  You can tell us that your child might have additional needs on your Childcare Offer application.


You may also be interested in our Index for Children with Disabilities or Additional Needs



How to apply 

In order to use the Childcare Offer you must choose a childcare provider that is both registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) and registered to provide the Childcare Offer within the Vale. The Offer will allow children to access a maximum of two registered childcare settings in addition to their Foundation Phase Nursery setting in any given day. During the holiday period a child may therefore access a maxium of two registered settings under the Offer. 


Please see the list below to view all childcare settings that are registered to provide the Childcare Offer for Vale residents. Even if your child attends an out-of-county setting you may be eligible to access Childcare Offer funding if you are a resident within the Vale of Glamorgan. If your chosen setting does not appear on the list below please make contact with us. 


Looking for childcare?

Search for childcare, activities for children and family support services in the Vale using the new national Family Information Service website, this includes settings that are registred to provide the Childcare Offer. Simply select your childcare category to get started. Once selected you can enter your postcode in the 'locations' tab and use the 'facilities' tab to filter your results further by ticking 'Childcare Offer' or 'Wrap around care' for example. If you intend for your child to attend Foundation Phase Nursery use the 'School and other pickup' tab to search for childcare settings that provide wrap around care to your chosen school. 


Alternatively you can contact us directly about your childcare needs by completing our online enquiry form. All data will be stored in line with data protection regulations, as set out in the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Privacy Notice. 


Making your application 

All applications for the Childcare Offer must be made online via the CEMP database. All Childcare Offer applications for Vale residents are procesed by Newport City Council however should you require any information or support with your application please contact the Vale Family Information Service in the first instance. 


If you need any help with your Childcare Offer application, please contact the Vale Family Information Service on: 





Information for Childcare Providers


Childcare providers can apply to be part of the Childcare Offer:


Application forms and Terms and Conditions should be returned to:

Childcare Offer Team

Newport City Council

Malpas Court Mansion House

Oliphant Cirle


NP20 6AD



Once you are registered to deliver the Childcare Offer, you will receive the information and instructions you need to claim the childcare funding. 


For support with Childcare Offer registration forms, and completing invoices and attendance registers, please contact Kath King, Childcare Offer Engagement Officer:




Contact details

Vale Family Information Service (FIS)

Dock Offices

Subway Road


Vale of Glamorgan

CF63 4RT